The Secret to Fresh Smelling Laundry

I've been enthralled with the smell of laundry ever since I was young; I buried my face in my parent's shoulders as I hugged them to get a big whiff, and loved the smell that wafted from the dryer vents as I played in our backyard. Let's just say that when I first met my husband, his clean-laundry eau de Caruso was 100% working in his favor. 

When I became pregnant and obsessed with the idea that toxins could affect my pregnancy, whether breathed or through contact with my skin, I made some changes to how we wash our clothes, among other things. Namely, I switched to fragrance-free detergent so that we could wash the entire family's dirty clothes all as one, remembering how sensitive baby's skin would be.  

After a few tries, my husband's CrossFit clothes were still not completely cleansed with the Free & Clear detergent, so I was bummed. I even gave in and purchased Honest Oxy Boost for a few months, and it worked wonderfully, but our budget constraints pushed me to find a cheaper alternative. When the last Honest pod was used, I scoured the ingredient label for clues, and found Boric Acid, also known as Borax. On my next trip to Target, I picked up a box and haven't looked back. Now, our laundry smells fresh, and free of added fragrances when I add one cup full to each load. Borax also works as an expert stain-lifter, tile grout brightener, and greasy sink cleaner, so it's a great addition to our usual cleaning lineup. 


Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.